Regulatory Update

SHRM Deploys ‘Full-Court Press’ on DOL Proposed Overtime Changes

Jul 29, 2015
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Since publication of our last edition of HR Issues Update, SHRM has engaged in a “full-court press” on the proposed overtime changes on behalf of our members.

On July 23, SHRM Advocacy Team member Elizabeth Hays of Pennsylvania, Director of Human Resources for the nonprofit MHY Family Services (pictured with Congressman Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania), testified before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections about the recently proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations. In her testimony, Hays outlined how the proposal would negatively impact her organization, its employees, and the youth and families her organization serves, and she highlighted SHRM’s concerns with the proposal. In addition, SHRM, as a leader of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, spearheaded the development of an employer community letter for the hearing record that garnered the support of 43 employer associations.

SHRM also weighed in on the proposed overtime changes with the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy at roundtable discussions in both Louisville, Ky., and Washington, D.C. SHRM volunteer leaders and members attended both events to highlight concerns about the proposal’s impact on small business, various industry sectors and different areas of the country. The SBA is planning another regional meeting on overtime in New Orleans on August 12.

This advocacy activity came on the heels of SHRM’s most widely attended webinar ever, when thousands of HR professionals learned about the impact of the proposed rule on their organizations. You can click HERE to listen to the archived version of the webcast (SHRM member ID required). In addition, SHRM will host a “Nonprofits and New Overtime Rules” webinar on Wednesday, August 5, at 4 p.m. EDT. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Given the importance of this issue to HR professionals and their organizations, SHRM Advocacy Team members will engage their senators and representatives on this issue in meetings in the lawmakers’ district offices during the August recess. SHRM has also requested a 60-day extension of the overtime rule comment period to allow more time for analysis and employer responses.

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